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NTRO appoints new executive rail director

As it continues to expand its rail portfolio, the NTRO has announced the appointment of its new executive director for the rail sector

The National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO) has appointed long-serving rail and transport executive Natalie Loughborough as its new executive director of rail.

Loughborough has served more than 15 years as a rail and transport board director, working in heavy rail, light rail, ferries and buses. Being joining the NTRO, she was managing director for Transdev in Queensland and general manager at Metro Trains Melbourne.

In these roles, Loughborough was responsible for managing the ferry and bus services, and the train services respectively. She also has experience in the criminal justice and education sectors.

NTRO chief executive officer Michael Caltabiano welcomes Loughborough’s experience into the company.

“I am very pleased to be able to welcome someone of the calibre of Natalie to the NTRO team serving the transport innovation space across Australia and New Zealand,” Caltabiano says.

“As executive director of rail, Natalie will be focused on delivering an innovation pathway for the rail sector using the deep skills in NTRO across areas like asset performance, sustainability and materials performance and infrastructure measurement.

“She will be able to deliver the collaboration that the rail sector has been asking for, linking great suppliers of services through the NTRO team and delivering an offering that focuses on outcomes that are implementable in the field.”

In addition to her experience in Australia, Loughborough has also held high level positions in the transport sector overseas. 

She has worked across many operators in the United Kingdom, including First Group, Serco and Abellio, as well as government body Transport for Greater Manchester. Loughborough has also been involved on rail projects in the Middle East.

“I am delighted to be joining NTRO at a time when rail has become part of the overall transport portfolio,” Loughborough says.

“The opportunity to be part of the future of a multi-modal approach to the strategic direction for transport is truly exciting, alongside the opportunity to take forward rail with the breadth already applied in the road, ports and airports space.”

NTRO is further adding to its transport profile with NTRO Rail. It provides a solutions hub which aims to tackle challenges within the rail sector through experts and practical solutions.

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